If ego identity is the envelope then adaptive change is the note to self: scaffolding the career choices of adolescents

  • Terence V. Bowles
  • Kimberley A. Brindle


The first aim of the current article is to primarily propose a model to assist career counsellors in understanding and guiding adolescents towards career commitment. The second aim is to focus on the relationship between career identity and career certainty, and how these positively influence the achievement of ego identity and maturity. Finally, it is proposed that systematically applying a model of adaptive change will prompt adolescents to explore and understand their career options with greater certainty. Applying such a model provides career counsellors with a practical framework to guide adolescents with their career choices.


Adaptive change Career decidedness Career identity 


Si l’ego identitaire est l’enveloppe, l’adaptation au changement est la note personnelle: Concevoir les choix de carrière des adolescents. Premièrement, cette étude propose un modèle permettant d’aider les conseillers en orientation à comprendre et guider les adolescents vers un engagement professionnel. Le second objectif est de se focaliser sur la relation entre l’identité et la stabilité professionnelle, ainsi que sur la manière dont elles influencent positivement l’atteinte du moi identitaire et de la maturité. Pour conclure, il est proposé que l’application systématique d’un modèle de changement adaptatif encouragera les adolescents à explorer et comprendre leurs options de carrières avec une plus grande certitude. L’application d’un tel modèle offre un cadre pratique aux conseillers en orientation pour guider les adolescents dans leurs choix de carrière.


Wenn die Ego-Identität der Umschlag ist, dann ist die adaptive Anpassung die Notiz an das Selbst: Ein Gerüst für Karriereentscheidungen junger Erwachsener. Das erste Ziel der vorliegenden Studie ist primär ein Model vorzustellen, das Karriereberatern hilft junge Erwachsene zu verstehen und deren berufliches Engagement zu fördern. Das zweite Ziel der Studie ist es, auf die Beziehung zwischen Karriere-Identität und Karrieresicherheit zu fokussieren und darauf, wie diese das Erreichen von Ego-Identität und Reife positiv beeinflussen. Schliesslich wird vorgeschlagen, dass die systematische Anwendung des Modells für adaptive Anpassung junge Erwachsene veranlasst, ihre Karriereoptionen zu erforschen und mit grösserer Sicherheit zu verstehen. Ein solches Model anzuwenden gibt Karriereberatern den praktischen Rahmen um junge Erwachsene und ihre Karriereentscheidungen zu begleiten.


Si el Ego de identidad es el sobre, entonces el cambio adaptativo es la Nota Personal: El andamio de las opciones de carrera de los adolescentes. El primer objetivo del presente trabajo es proponer un modelo para ayudar a los orientadores laborales a entender y guiar a los adolescentes hacia el compromiso de una carrera profesional. El segundo objetivo de este trabajo es centrarse en la relación entre la identidad y la certeza de la carrera y cómo éstas influyen positivamente en el logro de la identidad del yo y la madurez. Por último, se propone que la aplicación sistemática de un modelo de cambio adaptativo llevará a los adolescentes a explorar y entender sus opciones de carrera profesional con mayor certeza. La aplicación de un modelo de este tipo proporciona a los orientadores laborales un marco práctico para guiar a los adolescentes en sus opciones de carrera profesional.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Graduate School of EducationThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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